Campfires Are Great
One of our favorite things to do at the cottage is have a campfire. There is something wonderful about sitting under the night sky, enjoying an outdoor fire, watching the stars and moon come up over the lake. It’s a great time for family and friends, and for some reason, a campfire encourages great conversation, sometimes, if you are lucky, it can also encourage a sing along. Hopefully one of your friends can play the guitar!
Build A Fire Pit
Building an outdoor firepit can be as easy or as complicated as you want to make it. These days folks seem to want to go for more elaborate outdoor fire places, with fancy stonework and patio stones or pavers on the ground, perhaps a chimney to take the smoke up and away. We’re kinda more redneck than that, and consider a faceful of eye-watering woodsmoke a rite of passage, something to be savored and enjoyed, at least until you learn to sit on the upwind side of the fire……
I’ve had a campfire and some version of a “fire-pit” at the camp for as long as I can remember. As a young fella, my friends and I had a campfire almost every night in the summer. We’d watch the sky for UFO’s while we roasted marshmellows and hot dogs on skewers cut from a nearby maple tree bush. Those were the lazy hazy crazy days of summer that we all long for. Back then our fire pit was a circle of shoreline rocks on the ground, and we sat around it in adirondack chairs.
At one point I got elaborate and used bricks to make an outdoor fire place, which we quickly did away with when the bricks started breaking and sending splinters of hot brick through the air. One of our neighbors actually got a burn on her leg from a piece of hot brick…that was before I knew fire bricks existed…..but that is another story. Obviously they weren’t fire bricks.
So we went back to the shoreline rock structure for a fire place. The half metal barrel, or piece of culvert in the ground didn’t cut it for me, mainly because I don’t like having to look down to see the fire.
On the other hand, beach rocks tend to break up with alternating heat and then cold, so I have to rebuild it every so many years. But that’s OK, building a campfire fireplace is kind of fun. Our current campfire place consists of a hole dug in the ground and an old barbecue grill over it surrounded by large stones.
Although I am thinking we need one of these 30 inch round grates for outdoor fire pits
The sides of my homemade campfire pit are lined with some old sheet metal I scounged somewhere, and then the sides are made of stone, natural, real stone from around the camp. The stones break occasionally, but I just replace them, rocks we got lots of…..
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